The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to drastically improve on their four-win season last year. Head coach Zac Taylor will look to continue the trend of doubling the team’s win count as he went from two wins his first season to four in 2020.
It’s almost time for the 2021 season to officially kick-off, and with that comes the hype that surrounds fantasy football.
Almost every avid football fan has at least one league. To help those that don’t consistently watch the NFL’s rising stars, fantasy football rankings are perennially put out by the largest sports-covering sites in America.
The Ringer is among those that rank the top players. They put together a compilation of the top 200 fantasy football players, and the Bengals had five on the list.
Versatile running back Joe Mixon, who is expected to get the bulk of the running workload with Giovani Bernard in Tampa Bay, is the highest-ranked Bengal. He comes in at No. 13.
“Mixon can do it all. He’s got outstanding vision and offers reliable pass-catching ability,” the site wrote. Mixon’s downside, as they noted, was that he appeared in just six games last season, so his durability could certainly be an issue for those putting trust in him.
While where they land isn’t obvious, the four other ranked Bengals should be. Tee Higgins came in ranked No. 47.
He’s expected to be the most productive receiver, especially in non-PPR formats. In PPR-format leagues, Tyler Boyd may be the better option. He comes in at No. 68 with rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase sliding in between the two at No. 56.
Considering the lack of need for quarterback talent after the top ten are off the board, Joe Burrow slipped to No. 110. However, it’s easy to understand why as he’s coming off a season-ending injury and will only have a couple of limited preseason snaps.
The franchise’s defense nor tight end were ranked.